Consider the story of the young student…who began piano studies with a Master. After a few months practice, David lamented to his teacher, “But I can hear the music so much better in my head than I can get out of my fingers.”

To which the Master replied, “What makes you think that ever changes?”

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Lesson for the day: vision is always ahead of execution — and it should be. Vision, Uncertainty, and Knowledge of Materials are inevitabilities that all artists must acknowledge and learn from: vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue.

– from Art & Fear, Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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(Дети за пианино)
Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky
1918

This will be my last excerpt (maybe) from this book. Go find a copy and read. Then think, write, paint, take photos, sculpt, cook, bake, etc. Choose one. Or two…

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